After Clayton Kershaw threw eight scoreless innings Saturday to put the Los Angeles Dodgers in position for a series split with the St. Louis Cardinals, Zack Greinke took the mound Sunday for his first start against the Cardinals this season.
Greinke allowed one run in 6.2 innings, but walked away without a decision a fourth consecutive time since suffering a tough-luck loss on May 16. Not only did Greinke not pick up a win, the Dodgers bullpen was unable to protect the lead and they lost a home series for the first time since August 2014.
Additionally, the Dodgers finished just 2-5 in their regular season matchup with the Cardinals this year. After facing their postseason nemesis seven times in the last 10 days, Greinke wasn’t sure what conclusions could be drawn from the Dodgers’ inability to regularly beat the Cardinals.
However, Greinke was willing to reflect on his team’s latest stretch of play. “The past two weeks, we haven’t been playing our best baseball, in my opinion,” he said. When asked what specifically may be missing, Greinke kept a broad perspective.
“Just not everything is clicking,” he said. “It’s been OK, but I wouldn’t say anything’s standing out positive. Just a lot of OK.” Dating back to May 24, the Dodgers are 6-9 in their last 15 games. The only series they’ve won during that stretch was a three-game set with the Atlanta Braves from May 25-27 at Dodger Stadium.
As for Greinke, he’s 5-1 this season with a 1.92 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. After jumping out to a 5-0 record in his first six starts, he’s 0-1 in his last six outings. He’s next scheduled to face the San Diego Padres on Saturday at Petco Park. Greinke is 1-0 with a 0.87 ERA (2 ER/20.2 IP) in three starts against the Padres this season.
2015 Sports Spectacular — Chester Pitts